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Kashmirs farmers start paddy sowing

Farmers in Kashmir have started the sowing of the paddy crop ahead of the Kharif season.

By Bilal Butt

Srinagar, May 29 : Farmers in Kashmir have started the sowing of the paddy crop ahead of the Kharif season.

The Kharif crop is usually sown in June and harvested in winter.

The sowing of the paddy starts before the arrival of the monsoon in June and July. Most traditional crops are photosensitive, and thus, the sowing time is an important variable in determining crop yield.

As farmers work in the fields, they sing and dance to keep the drudgery of their labour away.

"This year, the weather is good and we expect that we will have good crops. Singing while working helps. It enhances our stamina," said Bilal Ahmed Naiko, a farmer.

The State Government has distributed high-yielding seeds and provided subsidies to farmers to buy fertilisers.

"As per our scheme, we are giving facilities to farmers. We are distributing free seeds, or giving subsidies to farmers with other inputs. We have an agreement with farmers that they will use the seeds they will require for their land and distribute the surplus to other farmers," said Hyder Beigh, the Director of Jammu and Kashmir's Agriculture Department.

The State has about 160,000 hectares of land under paddy cultivation. Last year, the paddy crop were damaged due to heavy rains and floods.

With the weather department predicting a normal monsoon, farmers are also expecting a good yield.

The monsoon weather phenomenon usually covers the entire country by mid-July, and provides the main source of water for agriculture, which generates more than a fifth of India's GDP.

Farming and related activity provide a livelihood to more than two-thirds of India's 1.1 billion people, and good rains usually spur rural spending on a wide range of industrial products.


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